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A pirate and a high-born maiden, brought together by a legendary sword....

Dashing French pirate Jean-Philippe Beauvisage revels in a life of complete freedom...until the night at a ball in Georgian London, when a Russian beauty quietly steals his heart.

Heartbroken Antonia Varyshkova, who has lost her parents and her home in a St. Petersburg fire, stops in London en route to a new life with her brother in America. When her arrogant ship's captain, Tobias Ormond, insists that she attend a ball with him, Antonia reluctantly agrees.

The instant connection between Jean-Philippe and Antonia is soul-deep, but it seems that there cannot be a future for them. She sails off to America and he returns to his corsair's life at sea...until an ancient Roman sword which may be cursed forces Beauvisage to chase down the very ship carrying the woman he loves.

Take to the high seas with Jean-Philippe Beauvisage as he plots to capture his lady and win her heart of fragile stars.

©2015 Cynthia Challed (P)2016 Cynthia Challed

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Captivating

Tim Campbell narration is spectacular. He really brought Cynthia's story to life. The accents were spot on. I really enjoyed listening to this book.

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Loved This

If you could sum up Heart of Fragile Stars in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Romantic, Dramatic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Fragile Stars?

How to answer this without giving spoilers, hmm? OK well one of the memorable moments was after Antonia was rescued and she discovered who her hero was.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say without giving spoilers, but suffice to say that it was between Antonia and Jean-Phillipe.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes a few actually, but again I can't say which without giving spoilers.

Any additional comments?

This was a thoroughly enjoyable short story full of drama, passion, magic, danger and intrigue. The narration was great, with Tim having to do a variety of accents. His normal narrative voice is smooth and enjoyable to listen to, his cockney accent is fun, his Russian accent good, apart from the occasional moment when I thought he sounded like the Count from Sesame Street lol, but his French was suave and sexy especially when he is speaking to Antonio as the Captain. A wonderful achievement to manage all the voice characterisation and to do it so well.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 01-27-17

Great book and awesome narration..

For only being 112 pages this was a very good short story, from the time Jean-Phillipe and Antonia met, with him dressed totally as a fop in pink and red and big white wig, to the time he rescued her from Tobias. And with it being only 112 pages I wasn’t surprised that it was love-at-first-sight for Jean-Phillipe. Unlike some reviewers I can’t take a star away from this story because it was “too short” or “too rushed.” How fair is that when you knew how many pages there were going in?

This was the story was about a man of nobility who chose to be a pirate. Of a cursed sword, and the attack on the Conquerer by Jean-Phillipe's ship Pursuit. There really never was a dull moment and you weren't left with unanswered questions. al least I wasn't.

Except for Tobias, who thought he was ‘all that,’ and Humphrey, who was just a big fat jerk, I did like the other players: Pierre, Zoya, Roland the monkey, and Étienne and Danielle, Jean-Phillipe’s parents. What I hated about it was the white wigs or powered hair. Yuck.

I won’t be going on with this series because I also hate when the hero and heroine grow old. I just want their HEA in the book I just read, and nothing more. Call me crazy.

There was sort of descriptive sex in this book, not too much, at the very end of the book. If you don’t want to read the sex part then don’t read past their wedding, because all the rest is ONLY sex. There was no swearing.

As to the narrator: Truly awesome! His French accent for Jean-Pierre and his parents sure sounded perfect to me. And the French words throughout the book sounded perfect, too. His emotional reading was wonderful! I love Tim Campbell’s narrations.